A car for the family symbolizes an escape from our daily grind.

It is the heart of every soul-searching adventure accompanied by our loved ones.

While easy for everyday commutes, it has room to grow.

But it also offers refinements that reward the hard work invested into raising a family.

On the road or on uncharted territories, it blurs the line between urban civility and untamed wilderness.

However, it never quite abandons its graceful elegance.

The Mercedes-Benz GLB.

In recent years, families have been replacing their minivans and large sedans with more stylish and practical options such as SUVs and crossovers. However, the market has not kept up with the demand for 7-seaters, while the limited offerings available often lack performance or are simply too large. Enter Mercedes-Benz with its latest foray into the popular compact crossover segment: the GLB-Class.

Drawing visual inspiration from the ruggedly handsome G-Class while sharing the same platform as the A- and B-Class, it slots itself between the GLA and GLC with an optional 3rd row seating that can accommodate two medium-sized passengers. With the 2nd and 3rd rows folded down, the cargo capacity increases to 62 cubic feet. Drivers will appreciate the inclusion of unique amenities such as a full-color head-up display and the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) interface, one of the most advanced infotainment systems available featuring an intelligent natural speech “Hey Mercedes” command. Depending on the region of distribution and trim levels, cloth or leather seat upholstery may be available.

Performance-wise, the GLB does not disappoint with its 221 hp and 258 lb-ft torque, supplied by a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged power plant and an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. With three driving modes available, one can switch between the efficient Eco/Comfort mode, the aggressive Sport mode, and the Off-Road mode that balances a 50:50 split distribution of torque through the front and rear axles to conquer difficult terrains. European markets will also get to pick from a 1.3L turbocharged gasoline and a 2.0L turbocharged diesel engine option.

Delivery is slated for early 2020, with books opening for orders by the end of this year. Visit mercedes-benz.ca/en/future-vehicles/2020-GLB to learn more.

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